The Influence Of Sexual Assault On College Campuses
The stigma around sexual assault and harassment is one that needs to be done away with; what is happening to women every day is far scarier than talking about the issue. According to studies from RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), women aged 18-24 are at an elevated risk of sexual violence, whether or not they are a student. This problem needs to faced head on; nowhere …show more content…
Then of the ones that are reported, how few proceed to prosecution. Part of the challenge in addressing the issue of sexual assault is addressing our archaic beliefs about women's behavior and how it forms ideas that women are somehow to blame for their assault. Was was she wearing; how short was her dress? Was she drinking beforehand? She was flirting with him, so she must have secretly wanted it. She didn’t scream ‘no’, she only said it. The message wasn’t strong enough; I didn’t think she really meant it.
One possible solution to the mismanagement of sexual assault on campus is to require every university to have a policy in which every alleged assault, regardless of victim or perpetrator, and regardless of the gravity of the assault, will be reported to law enforcement immediately. All assaults will be given its own incident report that will be kept in a permanent file at the university.
Sexual assault and harassment on campus is an